As tensions rise over the political situation in the Niger Republic, social commentators have raised concerns about the involvement of Nigerian politician Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
According to their observations, Tinubu’s alignment with the West, particularly France, to depose the military junta in Niger could have disastrous consequences for Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Some people believe Tinubu to be a willing tool for Western interests, which the coup in Niger may threaten, as a result of his frequent visits to France both before and after the February 2023 elections. The country’s rich deposits of Uranium make it a crucial resource for France, leading to concerns that mineral exploitation may further impoverish Niger while benefiting foreign interests.
A tweet from former senator Shehu Sani added to the speculations, pondering the possible outcomes if ECOWAS intervenes in Niger while other forces support the military junta in neighboring Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso.
The struggle for resource control in Niger appears to be one of the factors that led to the coup, and with the entrance of the Wagner group in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, a covert territorial battle between the West and Russia might be unfolding.
Tinubu’s refusal to attend the Russia-Africa Summit in Moscow last week and the praise he receives from the US administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, have fueled suspicions that he may be used as a tool to create further instability.
As events continue to unfold, it remains crucial to monitor the situation closely to understand the implications of Tinubu’s actions and their potential impact on regional stability.
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